“David L. Beck,” Liahona, May 2009, 142
During his years of service, David LeRoy Beck has interviewed a lot of youth in the Church, and he has a high opinion of them.
“I’ve had the experience of sitting with them privately and having them open up their hearts, and they are extraordinary,” the new Young Men general president says. “I feel the love our Heavenly Father has for them and how precious they are to Him. So many of them are heroes to me, because they are so faithful even when they are challenged.”
Brother Beck has served as president of the Brazil Rio de Janeiro North Mission, stake president, bishop, high councilor, counselor in the bishopric, elders quorum president, and Primary worker. He was a ward mission leader in Bountiful, Utah, USA, at the time of his call.
Born to Wayne and Evelyn Moon Beck on April 12, 1953, in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA, Brother Beck was 10 years old when his father was called to preside over the Brazil Mission, and both his parents and the full-time missionaries served as role models. “I caught the excitement of this work as a young man,” he says. He later served as a full-time missionary in the Brazil North Central Mission.
“I hope the young men of the Church will be faithful and qualify for the Aaronic and Melchizedek Priesthoods and all of the great blessings of the temple,” he says. “I would love every young man who is able to experience the joy of bringing souls to Christ through full-time missionary service.”
Brother Beck married Robyn Ericksen in the Salt Lake Temple in 1976. They have four children. “We love spending time together,” he says. Brother Beck is an executive with a manufacturing and distribution company and serves on the board of a technical college. He received a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering and a master’s degree in engineering administration from the University of Utah.